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FIR Against Cong MLA for Attacking Colleague, Suspended from Party

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The Karnataka Congress on Monday, 21 January, suspended its legislator JN Ganesh, who has been accused of assaulting fellow MLA Anand Singh.

Ganesh was also slapped with a case of attempt to murder for allegedly hitting Singh during an alleged brawl at the Eagleton Resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru on Saturday, 19 January. The resort is where Congress lawmakers are cooped up amid allegations of poaching by the BJP.

The case was registered on a complaint by Singh, who has been hospitalised for an injury he suffered in the alleged brawl.

However, the party maintained that Anand Singh was injured after he suffered a fall and there was no fighting between its lawmakers “as alleged by the BJP”.

  • FIR filed against Congress MLA JN Ganesh for attacking a fellow Congressman
  • Accused MLA Ganesh denied reports of brawl with colleague lawmaker Anand Singh, who was hospitalised after he was allegedly injured in his head
  • The Congress on 20 January, also issued notices to its four legislators who skipped a crucial legislature party meeting amid the BJP’s alleged poaching attempt
  • Two Independent MLAs – R Shankar and H Nagesh – had withdrawn their support to the JD(S)-Congress coalition
New power equations in Karnataka.
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MLA Injured After He Suffered a Fall, No Fighting: Congress

The Congress on Monday said its Karnataka MLA Anand Singh was injured after he suffered a fall and there was no fighting between its lawmakers "as alleged by the BJP”.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi played down the alleged incident involving Anand Singh and Ganesh and accused the BJP of spreading such news about fighting between MLAs of the ruling party.

The party appeared to be in a damage control mode after the row involving Ganesh who was slapped with a case of attempt to murder for allegedly hitting Anand Singh during a brawl.

"There is no fighting. I think the BJP stands exposed. The official version which we have heard it, somebody suffered a fall [sic]," Singhvi told reporters.

Asked about the alleged violence that took place, he said, "This is your version, I don't know about it."


JN Ganesh Suspended From Party Pending Investigation

Congress MLA JN Ganesh has been suspended from the party by VY Ghorpade, General Secretary KPCC, on the directions of Dinesh Gundu Rao, the President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee. A Special Committee has been constituted by Congress party under Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka G Parameshwara with State Ministers Krishna Byre Gowda and KJ George as members to investigate the clash issue between party members, reported ANI.

FIR Filed Against Congress MLA for Attacking Fellow Congressman

An FIR has been filed against Congress MLA JN Ganesh by Congress MLA Anand Singh on Monday. The FIR was lodged with the Ramanagara police under section 323 (Assault), 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons), 307 (Attempt to murder) and 506 (Criminal intimidation). Anand Singh was allegedly attacked by Ganesh during a brawl at Eagleton Resort.

Cong MLA Anand Singh Being Treated After Alleged Brawl

Congress MLA Anand Singh is being treated at Apollo Hospital after reports of alleged brawl with Congress MLAs JN Ganesh and Bheema Naik, reported ANI.

All MLAs Will Leave Resort Soon: Senior Cong Leaders

Former Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy on Monday, 21 January, said that Congress MLAs, who have been holed up at the Eagleton resort to thwart alleged poaching attempts by the BJP, will leave soon.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Dinesh Gundu Rao also said, “All the MLAs are going back to their constituencies. We had come here to fight the attempt by BJP to destabilize this government. We are very confident that our government is safe, secure and strong.

'It is All a Lie': Cong MLA On Reports of Brawl

Reacting to reports of an alleged brawl with MLA Anand Singh, Congress legislator JN Ganesh said, "I did not hurt him. It is all a lie. If he's hurt, I along with my family will go and apologise to him.”